We take a look at the work of Mads Holm, born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads is currently a fourth year Fine Art Photography student at the Glasgow School of Art.
"I began photographing at the age of fifteen until I took image making to a serious level in 2009 while attending the 4-months course at Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Art Photography in Copenhagen. In 2010 I decided to move to New York to do the one-year Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at the International Center of Photography."
"In 2012 I moved back to Copenhagen where I started teaching photography and visual language to teenagers. I also began freelancing for the Danish daily, Politiken, before moving to Glasgow in 2013. I am now on my way into the fourth and last year of my Bachelor of Fine Art Photography degree at the Glasgow School of Art."
"My photographic work arises from an approach grounded in the traditions of documentary photography. I am obsessively concerned with the imbalance and conflicts that we have created for ourselves on this planet and how we insistingly try to systematize something as untamable as human behaviour."
"After studying photojournalism I somehow stopped believing in the impact that photographic reports could have. Instead I have become more and more certain of the power of decontextualizing and recontextualizing photographs in order to suggest new relations between elements and thereby be a commentator on an abstract level."
"The viewer is not forced to think anything specific. Rather, and more importantly, I aim to let the viewer read these elements together and perhaps be surprised how she or he interprets them symbolically."
"I want to believe that by proposing an alternative perception of the evident I can do away with the presumptions that lead to a dull life. This way I will try and suggest a reconsideration of any blind conclusion. The camera enables me to discover the absolute unbelievable that exists within a world I thought I knew. I hope my pictures of and about this world will convey the idea that at the end of the day there is always another way to think of things."